The SEIU has convinced fast food workers that they are worth fifteen dollars an hour. The problem is they haven’t convince the restaurants they work for. Wendy’s is trying to install kiosks in all of their stores for ordering and all fast food companies are looking into automatic burger makers. They cook the burgers, slice the lettuce, tomatoes etc etc for every sandwich. They place the cheese on the sandwiches, melt it, then put the finished product on the conveyor where the order is bagged up.
Miso Robotics’ “kitchen assistant” is part of a growing trend in the fast food industry, which is quickly embracing service models that utilize new technologies to save time and money.
Greg Creed, the CEO of Yum Brands, the owner of chains such as Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, told CNBC in an interview in March he believes robots and automated technology could become common in the fast food industry within the next decade. However, Creed doesn’t think restaurants will totally replace human workers with machines in the near future.
“We don’t make a lot of things until customers order,” Creed said. “I’m not sure we’re going to have robots replace people.”
Creed did say he believes many human jobs could be replaced by machines and artificial intelligence within the next 50 years.
“I think it’s gonna happen,” Creed said. “We’ll see a dramatic change in how machines run things.”
In February, The Blaze reported the massive fast food restaurant chain Wendy’s announced it will install self-service kiosks in more than 1,000 locations nationwide, a move designed to cut labor costs.
“[Wendy’s is] looking to improve their automation and their labor costs, and this is a good way to do it,” said Darren Tristano, vice president with Technomic, according to an Associated Press report. “They are also trying to enhance the customer experience. Younger customers prefer to use a kiosk.”